Scott, my unschooled 9 year old (and with long hair) is student of the month in his religious school class at Temple Beth El Israel! Today he came home from class with a certificate with this honor. His teacher said he is most improved. Scott likes raising his hand and answering questions she and the Rabbi ask the whole class.
Why is this a big deal?
Unschooling does not mean we ignore education. I have never felt like our values and lifestyle fit well into public or private school, or prefabbed homeschool curriculum. We learn spontaneously from books and day-to-day events.
It goes to show that that children who don't do well merging into schools and curriculum in earlier years can "catch up" and do well in the group activities that we eventually feel is right for them. He is the only homeschooled student in his Sunday class. Scott also had a promotion exam in karate last week. And he likes me to read to him books in the Dragon Slayers Academy series and the Biography series, "Who was..." and asking lots of questions as we read.